March 25, 2022

Trailway News: Running the Ridges

Have you ever met a ridgerunner while exploring the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)? These Trail-tested individuals live and work on (and for) the Trail, especially at locations that experience high volumes of hikers.

So what all does a ridgerunner do? With the help of two experienced ATC ridgerunners, we answer some of the most common questions you’ve asked about this one-of-a-kind role in our latest blog post.



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Ticks, They Bite!

Warm weather brings out one of the worst pests on the Trail: ticks. Multiple species of ticks can be found in every one of the 14 states the A.T. passes through, which makes them a significant risk to your health and safety. Check out our tips for reducing the chance of contracting a tick-borne disease while on the Trail.



Join the 2022 Konnarock Crew

Named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia, the Konnarock Trail Crew is accepting applicants of diverse ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to work together on 2022 A.T. projects. With multiple sessions taking place throughout the spring and summer, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.


Explore even more ways to give back to the A.T. today by visiting our Volunteer Opportunities Database!


In Other News…

Yale School of the Environment: Next week ATC staff members Sarah Adams (Yale ’20) and Anne Sentz will host a session at the New Horizons in Conservation Conference. The virtual conference is for students and professionals who are from underrepresented backgrounds in the conservation field and/or those who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. The ATC session will take place on March 29 at 4:10 p.m.

Emerging Leaders’ Spring Gathering: Join us for our Emerging Leaders’ Spring Gathering on April 5 from 6-7 p.m. During this virtual gathering, young leaders (ages 14-35) will learn about the A.T. landscape, its climate-resilient forests, and how it protects globally critical biodiversity.

Share your A.T. photos: If you are looking for a way to share your A.T. photos, videos, or stories with us, check out our Media Submission Form.

Iconic Locations: Before Springer Mountain became the southern terminus of the A.T. in 1958, Mount Oglethorpe held the title. Listen to The Green Tunnel podcast’s latest episode on the Oglethorpe Monument.

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Happy Trails!

Thank you for your continued support and the love you express for the Trail!